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This day in history

Monday, April 1, is the 91st day of 2013. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Debbie Reynolds is 81. Actress Ali MacGraw is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is 74. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is 65. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 63. Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is 60. Singer Susan Boyle is 52. Rapper-actor Method Man is 42. Political commentator Rachel Maddow is 40. Singer Bijou Phillips is 33. Country singer Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) is 27.

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In 1939, the United States recognized the government of General Francisco Franco in Spain, the same day Franco went on radio to declare victory in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1945, US forces launched the amphibious invasion of Okinawa during World War II.

In 1976, Apple Computer was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne.

In 1984, recording star Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father, Marvin Gay Sr., in Los Angeles. (The elder Gay pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and received probation.)

In 2003, US troops entered a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, and rescued Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch, who’d been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed on March 23. A Cuban plane hijacked the day before with 32 people aboard landed at Key West, Fla., where the hijacker surrendered.

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